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Overview

Introduction to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is situated in Horry County and is the primary location of the popular Grand Strand, a collection of beaches situated on the shores of South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is a well known resort town and renowned for golfing, with over 100 golf courses. A vast number of restaurants and numerous amusement parks are located in the area. More than 14 million visitors arrive in the city on a yearly basis and a large number of them own a condominium or are involved in a timeshare.

The city features numerous upscale resorts, including the prominent Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. The tourism industry is the primary contributor to the economy. Myrtle Beach was incorporated in 1938.

History

Settlers arrived in the late 17th century. However, before the American Revolution occurred the area was basically uninhabited. After the Civil War, the Conway Lumber Company bought the vast majority of the land situated along the ocean. Myrtle Beach was created as a resort area for the company's employees and in 1900 The company built the Seaside Inn. During this time, a contest occurred to establish the name of the town. Myrtle Beach took the name of the local shrub, the wax myrtle. Throughout the 1900s the area became increasingly popular as a place to live and also for vacations.

Transportation

Myrtle Beach International Airport provides air transportation.

Attractions

The beach area is quite popular and is typically very crowded during the primary tourist season. Visitors can enjoy the beauty along the shore when the sun rises. Myrtle Beach is well known for excellent seafood, served at the local restaurants. Broadway at the Beach is a popular destination which features a variety of shops, nightclubs and attractions. The Barefoot Landing contains a vast number of shops, popular restaurants and entertainment. The Coastal Grand Mall is enormous and quite popular. There are numerous other attractions including:

  • Ripley's Aquarium
  • Magiquest
  • The Palace Theatre
  • Pavilion Nostalgia Park
  • Myrtle Beach Sate Park
  • Huntington Beach State Park
  • The Carolina Opry

Activities

The city has a vast number of quality golf courses which attract a huge crowd every year. The notable North Course at Myrtle Beach National and South Creek are quite popular. There are a vast number of putt-putt golf courses. The Mount Atlanticus and the Dragon's Lair are two of the prominent courses. The Myrtle Beach Speedway typically offers weekly events. Visitors and residents can enjoy watching the minor league baseball team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, which is associated with the Atlanta Braves. The city is home to a variety of popular festivals.

Higher Education

The Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College are located in the region.

Demographics

People

Total Population30,106
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+13,908
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married40.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.1%
Median Earnings25+$24,488
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,917
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,671

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,527
% Above Poverty Level77.1%
% Below Poverty Level22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work5%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone36.5%
Median Gross Rent$824
Median House Value$173,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.8%
Irish12.3%
English12.2%
German11.3%
Italian5.6%
Scottish2.7%
French Except Basque2.1%
Polish1.7%
West Indian1.3%
Arab1.1%
Jamaican1%
Dutch0.9%
Brazilian0.8%
Moroccan0.7%
African0.7%
Russian0.6%
Israeli0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Albanian0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Danishn0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
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Myrtle Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County Horry County
Standard Zip Codes29572, 29577, 29579, 29588, 29575
P.O. Box Zip Codes29578, 29587
Phone Area Codes843
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33.77
Approximate Longitude-78.78

Myrtle Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCONWAY
Distance13.7 miles
Jan Temp35 to 57 F
Apr Temp50 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp53 to 77 F
Annual Precip53.2 inches
StationBROOKGREEN GARDENS
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp52 to 75 F
Jul Temp72 to 90 F
Oct Temp55 to 77 F
Annual Precip54.5 inches
StationLONGWOOD
Distance29.8 miles
Jan Temp33 to 56 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip54.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Atlantic Beach239$31,250
Conway20,631$49,759
North Myrtle Beach15,201$62,772
Pawleys Island67$176,250
Surfside Beach4,195$50,423

Myrtle Beach Public Libraries

Chapin Memorial Library
400 14TH AVE. N.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
(843) 918-1275

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Myrtle Beach Hospitals

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
809 82nd Pkwy
(843) 692-1100

Myrtle Beach Public Schools

Lakewood Elementary
1675 Highway 396
ZIP: 29575
(843) 650-6768
Primary
Total Enrollment 967
Myrtle Beach Middle
950 Seahawk Way
ZIP: 29577
(843) 448-3932
Middle
Total Enrollment 1090
Myrtle Beach Elementary
620 29th Avenue North
ZIP: 29577
(843) 448-1774
Primary
Total Enrollment 727
Myrtle Beach Intermediate
3301 Oak Street
ZIP: 29577
(843) 626-5831
Middle
Total Enrollment 656
Myrtle Beach High
3302 Robert Grissom Parkway
ZIP: 29577
(843) 448-7149
High
Total Enrollment 1335
Myrtle Beach Primary
612 29th Avenue North
ZIP: 29577
(843) 448-1658
Primary
Total Enrollment 917
Palmetto Academy Of Learning And Success Charter
3530 Pampas Drive
ZIP: 29577
(843) 492-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
Forestbrook Elementary
4000 Panthers Parkway
ZIP: 29579
(843) 236-8100
Primary
Total Enrollment 966
Carolina Forest High
700 Gardner Lacy Road
ZIP: 29579
(843) 236-7997
High
Total Enrollment 2181
River Oaks Elementary
700 Augusta Plantation Drive
ZIP: 29579
(843) 903-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 855
Ocean Bay Elementary
950 International Drive
ZIP: 29579
(843) 903-8400
Primary
Total Enrollment 716
Academy For Arts/science/technology
895 International Drive
ZIP: 29579
(843) 903-8460
High
Palmetto Academy Of Learning Motorsports (palm)
136 Rodeo Drive
ZIP: 29579
(843) 903-6600
High
Total Enrollment 80
Carolina Forest Elementary
285 Carolina Forest Boulevard
ZIP: 29579
(843) 236-0001
Primary
Total Enrollment 983
Bridgewater Academy Charter
191 River Landing Boulevard
ZIP: 29579
(843) 236-3689
Primary
Total Enrollment 136
Ocean Bay Middle
905 International Drive
ZIP: 29579
(843) 903-8420
Middle
Total Enrollment 1161
St. James Elementary
9711 St. James Road
ZIP: 29588
(843) 650-8220
Primary
Total Enrollment 902
Forestbrook Middle
4430 Gator Lane
ZIP: 29588
(843) 236-7300
Middle
Total Enrollment 1195
St. James Middle
9775 St. James Road
ZIP: 29588
(843) 650-5543
Middle
Total Enrollment 1194
Coastal Leadership Academy
3710 Palmetto Pointe Boulevard
ZIP: 29588
(843) 504-8193
High
Total Enrollment 142
Palmetto Bays Elementary
8900 Highway 544
ZIP: 29588
(843) 236-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 597
Burgess Elementary
9645 Scipio Lane
ZIP: 29588
(843) 650-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 775
Socastee Elementary
4950 Socastee Boulevard
ZIP: 29588
(843) 650-2606
Primary
Total Enrollment 738
Socastee High
4900 Socastee Boulevard
ZIP: 29588
(843) 293-2513
High
Total Enrollment 1609

Myrtle Beach Private Schools

Risen Christ Lutheran School
10595 Highway 17 N
ZIP: 29572
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 61
St Andrew Catholic School
3601 N Kings Hwy
ZIP: 29577
Elementary
Total Enrollment 238
Chabad Academy
2803 N Oak St
ZIP: 29577
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Christian Academy Of Myrtle Beach
500 4th Ave
ZIP: 29577
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 268
Myrtle Beach Sda Christian School
2351 Carolina Forest Blvd
ZIP: 29579
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
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